Owners of the 2018 Mazda6 can schedule an appointment with their local Mazda dealerships starting in September, to benefit from the free Android Auto and Apple CarPlay upgrades.
The announcement was just made by the Japanese automaker, which states that the equipment will be offered as a dealer-installed upgrade for the Touring trim level and above, at no extra cost.
The required hardware and software updates are estimated to take approximately two hours. In addition to benefiting from the smartphone connectivity that allows users to access their apps through the Mazda Connect infotainment system, the Mazda6 will also be given a more powerful faster-charging 2.1-amp USB port.
Mazda has been offering the facelifted Mazda6 across the United States since earlier this year, in five different trim levels. Pricing starts from $21,950 for the base model, which gets 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, infotainment system and dual-zone climate control.
The most expensive version of the mid-sized car is the Signature, with its exterior updates, 360-degree camera system, wood trim, 7-inch TFT and many more, for which the automaker is asking at least $34,750.
As for the mid-range Touring, Grand Touring and Grand Touring Reserve versions of the updated Mazda6, these start from $25,700, $29,200 and $31,700, respectively.
Powering the 2018 Mazda6 are two different engines: a n/a 2.5-liter rated at 187hp (190PS / 140kW) and 186lb-ft (252Nm) of torque, and a turbocharged 2.5-liter that generates 250hp (254PS / 187kW) and 310lb-ft (420Nm) of torque.